Justine Dufour-Lapointe world champion in her first season on the free ski circuit
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“I came, I saw, I conquered,” said Julius Caesar. The expression translated from Latin could also be pronounced by Quebecer Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who won the Freeride World Tour (FWT) world title in her first season on the circuit.
The 29-year-old was crowned on Tuesday, moments after the final event of the season in Verbier, Switzerland, was canceled due to unsafe weather conditions.
Leader in the standings after the four first stages of the 2023 campaign, Dufour-Lapointe was therefore awarded the title.
“I am speechless. Honestly, I didn't realize it would happen today [Tuesday], but I'm now world champion,” she said in a statement from the FWT.
“I I've worked so hard over the past few months. I am so proud of the work accomplished and for having believed in myself. To finish this season with this title means everything to me.”
After having worked for a long time on the world circuit of freestyle skiing, where she notably took part in three Olympic Games, Dufour-Lapointe decided to make the leap onto the professional free-skiing circuit. She excelled there, winning the stage presented to Ordino Arcalis in the Principality of Andorra.
“It was my dream when I started free skiing, but I never would have thought that it t was possible so quickly, she also said about her coronation. I'm really happy to have made the switch to freeskiing and the wonderful world of FWT. I am excited about what awaits me. This is just the beginning.”